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Urinary incontinence (UI), or the unintentional loss of urine, is a problem for more than 13 million Americans—85 percent of them women. Although about half of the elderly have episodes of incontinence, bladder problems are not a natural consequence of aging, and they are not exclusively a problem of the elderly.

Incontinence has several causes. Women are most likely to develop incontinence either during pregnancy and childbirth, or after the hormonal changes of menopause, because of weakened pelvic muscles. Older men can become incontinent as the result of prostate surgery. Pelvic trauma, spinal cord damage, caffeine, or medications including cold or over-the-counter diet tablets also can cause episodes of incontinence.

But even though urinary incontinence can be improved in 8 out of 10 cases, fewer than half of those with bladder problems ever discuss the condition with their health care professional. The condition often goes untreated.
Botulinum toxin A effective for treating bladder disorders

Botulinum toxin A effective for treating bladder disorders

While Botulinum toxin A (BTX-A), known to the public as Botox, is commonly associated with smoothing wrinkles for a more youthful appearance, three studies presented at the 110th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association are proving BTX-A to be more than just a cosmetic solution. [More]
Gynecologic oncologist awarded grant to improve quality of life for women with endometrial cancer

Gynecologic oncologist awarded grant to improve quality of life for women with endometrial cancer

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Board of Governors recently awarded more than $2.7 million in contracted funding to Katina Robison, MD, a gynecologic oncologist with the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, for the study "Cancer of the Uterus and Treatment of Stress Incontinence." [More]
FDA grants tentative approval to Amerigen's ANDA for generic version of Toviaz

FDA grants tentative approval to Amerigen's ANDA for generic version of Toviaz

Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Limited today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval to the Company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for a generic version of Toviaz (Fesoterodine Fumarate Extended-release Tablets, 4mg and 8mg). [More]
Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Radiation treatment can be delayed after prostatectomy to prevent side effects, say studies

Important news for men receiving treatment for prostate cancer: Two new studies from the University of Virginia School of Medicine have upended the widely held view that it's best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects. [More]
Breakthrough treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Breakthrough treatment option for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia

Men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate is enlarged but not cancerous, have a new, breakthrough treatment option that is less invasive and has fewer complications than other minimally invasive treatments, such as transurethral resection of the prostate and surgical options, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting. [More]
Anticholinergic medications associated with pneumonia risk in older people

Anticholinergic medications associated with pneumonia risk in older people

Taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects is associated with a significantly higher risk for developing pneumonia in a study of more than 3,000 older Group Health patients living in the community--not in nursing homes. [More]
Research findings lay groundwork for improving treatment assessment for men with prostate cancer

Research findings lay groundwork for improving treatment assessment for men with prostate cancer

UCLA researchers have found that radiation therapy is the most common treatment for men with prostate cancer regardless of the aggressiveness of the tumor, risk to the patient and overall patient prognosis. These findings lay the groundwork for improved treatment assessment by physicians and to better inform men fighting the disease. [More]
Prevalence of geriatric conditions among older, insured patients with diabetes vary little by ethnicity

Prevalence of geriatric conditions among older, insured patients with diabetes vary little by ethnicity

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers found that the prevalence of geriatric conditions and diabetic complications among older, insured patients with diabetes did not vary significantly by ethnicity. [More]
AMS sponsors ‘Healthy Body Healthy Mind’ series to promote awareness on stress urinary incontinence

AMS sponsors ‘Healthy Body Healthy Mind’ series to promote awareness on stress urinary incontinence

American Medical Systems Inc. (AMS), a subsidiary of Endo International plc and leading provider of medical technologies for pelvic health, is proud to be a sponsor of an episode of the popular Healthy Body Healthy Mind series titled "Managing Female Stress Urinary Incontinence." [More]
Researchers identify way to assess women at increased risk for UTI after pelvic-floor surgery

Researchers identify way to assess women at increased risk for UTI after pelvic-floor surgery

Researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine may have identified a way to assess who is at risk for developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) following pelvic-floor surgery. [More]
Prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of less than 10 years receive aggressive treatment

Prostate cancer patients with life expectancies of less than 10 years receive aggressive treatment

National guidelines recommend that men with low- and intermediate -risk prostate cancer and life expectancies of less than 10 years should not be treated with radiation or surgery, since they are unlikely to live long enough to benefit from treatment. Yet it is unknown whether such men are unnecessarily receiving these aggressive local treatments, putting them at risk for potentially debilitating side effects. [More]
Guidelines recommending routine prostate cancer screening for elderly men have minimal effect

Guidelines recommending routine prostate cancer screening for elderly men have minimal effect

The effect of guidelines recommending that elderly men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer "has been minimal at best," according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. [More]
Transobturator tape improves OAB symptoms including nocturia

Transobturator tape improves OAB symptoms including nocturia

The use of transobturator tape offers significant relief from symptoms of overactive bladder in patients with mixed urinary incontinence, study findings indicate. [More]
Gene variants linked to overactive bladder and prolapse in women

Gene variants linked to overactive bladder and prolapse in women

A systematic review and meta-analysis of genetic association studies reveals a number of genetic variations associated with overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse in women. [More]
LUTS tend to improve after pelvic mass surgery

LUTS tend to improve after pelvic mass surgery

Surgical removal of a benign pelvic mass usually improves women’s pre-existing lower urinary tract symptoms, study findings suggest. [More]
NGS issues positive coverage decision for PTNS to manage symptoms of OAB

NGS issues positive coverage decision for PTNS to manage symptoms of OAB

Uroplasty, Inc., a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets innovative proprietary products for the treatment of voiding dysfunctions, today announced that National Government Services has issued a positive coverage decision for Posterior Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS) for the treatment of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence associated with overactive bladder (OAB). Coverage for the proprietary Urgent PC device was effective August 10, 2014. [More]
Sacral magnetic stimulation effective in refractory stress incontinence

Sacral magnetic stimulation effective in refractory stress incontinence

Sacral magnetic stimulation may be an effective treatment for stress urinary incontinence in women whose symptoms are refractory to standard therapies, a clinical trial suggests. [More]
Preoperative urodynamics ‘has no added value’ in SUI patients

Preoperative urodynamics ‘has no added value’ in SUI patients

Preoperative urodynamic studies may be unnecessary in many women undergoing primary surgery for stress urinary incontinence, say the authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis. [More]
Pelvic anatomy changes after prostatectomy linked to LUTS

Pelvic anatomy changes after prostatectomy linked to LUTS

Japanese researchers have identified certain pelvic anatomic features in men who have undergone radical prostatectomy that are associated with specific lower urinary tract symptoms. [More]
Updated guidelines for prostate cancer survivorship care published in Journal of Men's Health

Updated guidelines for prostate cancer survivorship care published in Journal of Men's Health

Many of the more than 2.5 million men in the U.S. who have received treatment for prostate cancer deal with the often disabling side effects of surgery and radiation and hormonal therapies. [More]
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